Carriage House

16 Jan 2015: 

We wanted a place to store a few boats so we decided to build a boat shed...boat house...boat shed...she shack...Heuer Garage...Boat cave...carriage house. The hard decisions in the concept stage were 1) What to call it 2) Where to put it and 3) What size to make it. For now we are calling it the Studio, though I'm sure that will change each day (Edit: It changed, it is the Carriage House now.) As for location, we considered the side of the house but running water can get high there during heavy rains. So we settled on the front yard, which is actually kind of the back yard as we like to look at the Bay out "back." Then we took into account the different County setbacks and picked the location. As far as the size, the shed needs to hold our small motorboat, which is 18 feet with motor and trailer tongue, 5 feet wide. We also wanted to get one to two more boats in there if needed and have storage for mower, garden tools, trikes and a few shop saws. So right now a 16x20 foot shed is going up.

We wanted this construction to match the house in looks and material as close as possible. I priced out the basic materials and got to a point real fast where, talent, time and money wise, it made more sense to hire a shed building company. We had seen sheds and buildings built by Gator Tough in Pensacola and liked them, so we contracted with them for the construction. The shed will be built on 4x4 skids and anchored with hurricane straps. It will have a ramp for the garage door and personnel door. As they put it together I'll share pictures, in case you're considering whether to build one yourself or have it done.

We picked a relatively flat area in the yard, looked for a spot where we didn't have to cut down any trees. There is a road behind us in this picture, so the shed goes out front to avoid blocking Bay view behind the house. Also going to place it off to the left side a bit.

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My neighbor carried the french doors/loading dock doors home from Lowes.

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Survey flags placed. Our County requires 50 feet from the front property line, 5 feet from sides and 10 feet from the house. There is also a setback from the water but I can't remember that number. Tf the shed is under 600 square feet and not plumbed, so all we need is an permit to build.

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Gator Tough crew showed up and started laying out the foundation blocks. For Day 1 they brought the foundation, floor and wall studs. The blocks will be used to level the skids, and the shed will be built on top of skids. Other option was a concrete foundation, that would have added about $5000 to the project and I wanted a wood floor for the wood boats and for potential lofting and building of boats one day. The wood floor will help keep the boats from drying out.

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Pressure treated lumber was cut and added in as needed for shims and 2x4 joists started going down over the 4x4 skids. Other options are 6x6 skids and 2x6 joists, but our boats and trailers are light (800-1000 pounds). We did elect to go with 12 inch on center (OC) joists and a thicker plywood floor (7/8 inch) so the trailers will not punch through.

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16x 20 frame squared up, then roofing felt was laid down as a water resistive barrier (wrb). The felt breathes so any water that finds its way under the shed will not get trapped against the wood. Additionally all of the skids, joists and flooring are pressure treated or exterior grade. Then they started nailing down the floor.

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I helped hold the felt down :)

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One guy cut and marked wall stud placement while the other nailed. They move fast!

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Walls were nailed up on the deck then stood up. There will be two windows on this wall, that's why the studs are spaced like they are. A 2x4 is used on each end to hold up the wall until they can get it squared and plumbed. There are also hurricane straps to tie the bottom plate/studs to the floor and the top plate to the studs.

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There will be a french door on this wall.

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Two wall top plates get notched so that the adjoining walls overlap and tie in.

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View from the front door.

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Staring on the back wall, far wall will have a garage door.

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There's the opening for the french door.

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3rd wall up.

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4 stud walls up on Day 1.

Corner details.

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17 Jan 2015:

Wall sheathing is up!

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Bottom of sheathing is wrapped with a waterproof membrane, to prevent water intrusion from below. The wall sheathing will be wrapped with a moisture barrier and then covered with Hardy plank.

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Carpenter art.

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Tie downs.

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James built the rafters on site and cut the ends. They hang them upside down then flip them from either side to stand them up.

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The notch on the left is where the rafter rest on the top plate and the end is beveled for fascia board.

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Back wall.

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Garage door wall.

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Roof sheathing with hurricane clips between panels. Crew added a board to hold walls together with extra weight of crew until roof is finished.

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Sheathing will be trimmed back for a 12x7 garage door.

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Waiting for the french door.

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Windows installed, Hardy plank siding and trim attached. Shingles on and ramps are built.

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We filled up the shop fast!

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08 Mar 2015: We found a color we like, Sherwin Williams Light French Gray saturated 150%

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18 Mar 2015: Willow and St Jacques enjoying some sun while the deck of the carriage house gets a coat of Olympic clear sealer.

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Deck before sealer.

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Added a 12x18 side work deck for sanding and cutting, trying to keep dust to a minimum inside shed and avoid creating a mud pit next to the shed.. Also widened ramp a bit so tools and boats on wheels can be rolled in and out. Then added pergola, wisteria and grapes for shade.

The shed turned out to be the perfect spot to work on BARBASHELA and ST. JACQUES. Both boats were on rolling strongbacks, so they could be moved around as needed to create work space. BARBASHELA was 21 feet long, so she had to turn diagonal at the end of the day in order to close the door.

I am on the tribal rolls of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, this is our medicine wheel. From the CPN website: "Many Native American tribes recognize the significance of the medicine wheel, the colors and directions that are associated with them.

For the Potawatomi, the East is the direction of new beginnings and life, and signifies springtime. It is associated with the color yellow and the Potawatomi medicine of sema (tobacco). As an elder once said, “Sema precedes all things,” meaning tobacco is used by the tribe as a blessing before starting a ceremony or gathering.

South is the color of red, and signifies the summertime, when the weather is warm. It is the direction of abundance and plenty, and is the direction of the medicine kishki (cedar). Kishki is used to prepare for ceremonies, and there is a tradition of a trail of cedar from the fire to the sweat lodge. Pipes belonging to tribal members that were made of cedar would be laid on the ground between the two structures. Kishki is also mixed into tobacco to provide enough smoke to get the attention of the spirits who will see the prayers of the Potawatomi. Cedar boxes are also used to keep mites and other insects off of ceremonial eagle feathers.

West is the direction of the medicine wabshkebyek (sage) and its color, black. Sage is used in the practice of smudging, where smoke is wafted over a person to rid the body of negativity. In fact, prior to CPN Legislative meetings, it is not uncommon for a smudging ceremony to take place prior to representatives and government officials commencing regular business. In the case of eagle feathers, smudging is used to cleanse the feathers. West also signifies the season of fall and of endings, and Potawatomi beliefs traditionally held that once a person passed on, they moved in that direction. This is why traditional burial ceremonies held that bodies were passed out a Western window.

North on the Potawatomi medicine wheel is the color of white, and is the direction of elders and winter time. In the days when the Potawatomi lived in their traditional lands near the Great Lakes, the winter snows were thought have a cleansing power on the land. This is also the time of the year that the spirits are asleep, which is why winter stories are only told during this time. White’s medicine is wishkpemishkos (sweet grass), which attracts positive spirits and used after a smudging of sage.

The medicine wheel is a teaching tool that is intended to help people remember these important and significant aspects of life. Life itself is viewed not as a line, but rather a cyclical thing that has its own seasons of life, death and renewal."

For us our spirit is renewed as we work on renewing the boats, and we are thankful for opportunity to do so.

06 Nov 17:

Carriage house update. Runabout spends a lot of time on the covered boat lift, which opened up a spot for the WINNIE and ZIP on one side. We like keeping them in a wooden structure, protected from weather. The other side of the carriage house is used for primary projects. VIPER is riding the Sunfish work dolly while PHOENIX rests outside on a Dynamic dolly ($495 USD from our store).

16 Jan 18:

Update. VIPER sold to great new owners. WINNIE and ZIP are still snug on the south side. Our new 1979 Drascombe Dabber VICTORY is in the Boat Works as the primary projet now, we picked her up in November 2017. Her bottom paint and leak repairs are complete. Next up on the Wheel Deck is our 1980 AMF Sunfish SUGAR 2 on the finishing dolly, and CYANE is trying out a new spot nearby.

19 Jan 18:

Update on the carriage house occupancy aka HERUER GARAGE. The O'Day CYANE was moved closer to get some shelter form a Winter storm and she kind of likes it out there. Sunfish SUGAR 2 is awaiting a bow repair, 1979 Drascombe Dabber VICTORY currently occupies the starboard berth and ZIP and WINNIE occupie the port berths.

24 Mar 18:

We put a wire shelf up high, behind the overhead door tracks, mainly to store spars. Turns out it is a good spot to store other supplies, and with the glove box flipped upside down I can reach up and pull gloves out one at a time. It track also rides herd on our shop rag box.

When I use blue tape I turn an edge down to make a little tab, that makes it easier to grab and remove when the time comes, even if wearing gloves.

This shelf at shoulder level holds our most used small power tools and gloves. They are the things that I reach for the most, and they are easy to see.

25 Mar 18:

I am not the neatest painter, so when big blobs of paint get on the carriage house deck, I turn some of them into Sunfish. Each one has a story tied to a boat we were painting. Pretty soon the whole deck will be covered :)

13 Apr 18:

Update, the carriage house currently hosts WINNIE, ZIP, VICTORY and ZSA ZSA. Wisteria are blooming and grapes are coming in.

27 Mar 19:

Current occupants of the Carriage House. 1953 Alcort Sunfish ZIP, 1963 Alcort Sunfish CHIP, 1950s Alcort Standard Sailfish WINNIE hiding in the back and the keel for a new Pascagoula Diamond Bottom Catboat MARGARET ROSE.

30 Apr 19:

Current state of affairs in the carriage house. Working on the 1963 Alcort Sunfish CHIP. Keel laid for the Pascagoula Catboat. ALcort Sunfish ZIP and Alcort Standard Sailfish WINNIE are supervising.

29 Jun 19:

Current occupants of the Carriage House (L-R):

1953 ALcort Sunfish ZIP, 1965 Alcort Sunfish WAVE, 1950s Alcort Standard Sailfish WINNIE hiding in back, MARGARET ROSE's keel under ZIP.

30 Jun 19:

SCOUT bunking with ZIP, WAVE, WINNIE and MARGARET ROSE for the night.

19 Oct 19:

We had Tropical Storm Nestor heading our way, so that generated a round of TETRIS. We had some boxes packed and in the garage, prep for our upcoming Tidewater move. Well that move will probably happen in the Spring, so we decided to move the packed boxes back inside, and get Mustang SALLY out of the Carriage House and back into her garage spot.

Once SALLY moved we were able to stow ST. JACQUES, PHOENIX, SACAGAWEA, CLARK and SCOUT in the Carriage House with WAVE.

TS Nestor came and went, with a little rain and wind. SCOUT and her buddies moved back out to their tree.

23 Oct 19:

Tropical Storm Nestor scooted by to the East

26 Nov 19:

WAVE in for restoration.

11 Jan 20:

WAVE and the keel batten for the Pascagoula Catboat are current occupants.

15 Jan 20:


04 Mar 20:

A tour of the Carriage House to keep everyone updated on the current state of affairs in the HEUER Garage and Lewis Boat Works.

17 Apr 20:

17 Apr 20:

Evaluation of ZIP's hull puncture, and other Carriage House happenings.

05 Jun 20:

Landscaping and hardscaping continues, another trip to Lowes to gather 12 pavers, 12 bags of pea gravel and 4 bags of river rock. Plus more potting soil, plant caddies, and a few pieces of St Augustine sod. Before we went to Lowes though, we needed to shave a yak, in the form of repurposing the old Drascombe Lugger sole from ONKAHYE into a deck that could be laid over the bunks on one of the boat trailers, turning it into a utility trailer. More pictures on that later, but we screwed 1x6 deckboards every few feet underneath the old sole to act as crossplanks and tie it all together, then we lashed the entire thing to the trailer bunks. It worked out great, we loaded about 1000 pounds of stuff onto the deck, all wrapped up in a tarp. Strapped everything down with cargo straps and line, Skipper complimented my excessive use of securing accoutrements.

Fancied up the perimeter of the Medicine Wheel Deck and Carriage House, just in time for Tropical Storm Cristobal. More sod on the way Tuesday, delivered, woo hoo! The plants include citronella and lemongrass, known to shoo off skeeters, or mozzies as our Brit friend Murray calls them, and other bugs. Wisteria on either end with grapes on the middle two posts. Our idea that the wisteria and grapes would provide shade in the Summer has worked out great, and then go dormant over the Winter and open up for more sun. The grapes also feed the salamanders, we even get a few if we are fast enough. Not to give all the shade credit to the wisteria and grapes though, the massive southern yellow pine tree does its part. The location of the Carriage house was developed to incorporate the tree into the aerial footprint of the shed, along with two others on the street side.

We should get a separate address for the Carriage House in case you want to send post cards. In the meantime we store garden tools inside of our signal flag mailbox, and that handrail/doorstop might be a good spot for a garden hose holder...if only we had the DIY skills, we could make one!

Current residents while TS Cristobal passes, Grumman 17 canoe SCOUT, Pelicon Icon kayaks CLARK and SACAGAWEA, Alcort Sunfish ZIP, Alcort Standard Sailfish WINNIE and Pascagoula Catboat 16 MARGARET ROSE.

24 Oct 20:

Most of the fleet hiding in or near the Carriage House, we've had some tropical weather this year, got brushed by Cat 2 Hurricane Sally. So we'll keep the Fleet safe til the weather calms down.

23 Nov 20:

Tropical Storm season winding down, Carriage House and Sunfish Shack TETRIS cranking up. Started off just planning to move our Penobscot ST. JACQUES out of the Carriage House around back to the Sunfish Shack. By the time we finished we had moved the wooden Sunfish CHIP and ZIP, Super Sailfish TRACKER, AMF Sunfish MADISON and Standard Sailfish WINNIE out to the Sunfish Shack. That made room to move our Sunfish PHOENIX and WAVE into the Carriage House so we can begin their repairs.

 02 Jan 21:

Current status of the Carriage house, repairs are underway on our 1965 Alcort Sunfish WAVE (L) and 1982 AMF Alcort Sunfish PHOENIX (R). There are also some parts cut out and lumber for the Pascagoula Diamond Bottom catboat MARGARET ROSE, the transom barely visible above WAVE's port side.

 11 Jan 21:

I finally got tired of changing fluorescent bulbs and got the Carriage House upgraded to LED lights. The electricians came out, bypassed the ballast in the existing fixtures and installed T8 LEDs. Took them about 40 minutes, even with me telling Sea Stories. Wow, what a difference! We never knew we had so much stuff... 

...and we should be able to retire with the energy savings :)

27 Jan 21:

Current State of the Carriage House, the little punt SCUPPERS is under construction on the left and 1950s Alcort Standard Sailfish is in the House to get her offsets and lines taken before she goes into the PODS container. The Sunfish Finishing Dolly is rolled out onto the Medicine Wheel Deck.

 22 Feb 21:

Carriage House contents are leaning out, SCUPPERS went along with PODS #3 to the new homeport. WAVE is left holding down the floor, so next we'll roll the 1963 wooden Sunfish CHIP in to pack her in a moving container, she is heading to a Grand Adventure in NW, details to follow.

There will be a Carriage House v2.0 built when we get the Hampton Roads area. Don't be surprised if it looks similar to the Gosport Naval Shipyard boat houses of the 1840s, with a canal cut to a drydock area behind the Casa :)

 24 Feb 21:

We are making tracings of the Carriage House floor art and catboat half breadths, to transfer over to the new Carriage House in Virginia.

 03 April 21:

Still moving bits around as the Armada shifts Homeport from the Gulf Squadron to the Atlantic Squadron. Carriage House was getting a little crowded with 2 Sunfish on dollies and a lawn tractor, and we wanted one of the Sunfish easily accessible for nice sailing days ahead before the final move.

Spring cleaning, we mowed the yard and moved WILLOW's trailer off the grass onto the Wheel Deck.

Skipper's John Deere WILEY gave her Sunfish WAVE a tow back to the Sunfish Shack, so WAVE could keep SCOUT company.

1963 wooden Alcort CHIP keeps an eye on her shipping box, WILEY checks out the Carriage House.

 22 Nov 21:

We moved! Our new Carriage House was delivered today to our new Mid Atlantic Station, we bought it prebuilt from a local shed shop. The crew that brought it in was amazing, they worked fast and quiet. And the special trailer was very interesting, there was a small set of wheels under the rear axle that could be dropped and worked remotely to shift the entire delivery trailer sideways. 

Step 1 was making a final decision on where the Carriage House would go, the simplest spot was directly off the end of the driveway so that we can roll projects straight in and out.

Seems Skipper found a dump truck somewhere along the way.

Took about 40 minutes to drop off the shed and level it, then they were gone.

22 Nov 21:

We barely had the new Carriage House an Hour before it was seized as a prize by Yard Art Pirates.

Undaunted, we set to work to add a gangplank from the driveway to the shop. This will allow us to roll projects in and out with ease.

Part of the Master Boat Yard Plan was to be able to use the RV awning for shade and to protect tools from the elements. We tested that concept right away, it worked!

Vintage hardware put to work to make tiebacks for the hatches.

SUPER SANDY was pressed into service to source lumber for the gangplank.

The new trailer tiedown system worked great.

The garage is much lighter now that we can move Skipper's fleet of wagons.

 22 Nov 21:

We're adding light to the shed, with windows and electricity. 

Seems someone loaded the cart too quick. A return trip to Lowes took care of the mix up.

22 Nov 21:

Ran an extension cord to plug in a few of the new LED lights, they look great. 2 lights put out a nice amount of light, 4 should be great. Each light has a chain pull so we can add or subtrract lumens as desired.

23 Nov 21:

Buy a new shed and immediately cut holes in the wall, makes sense, right? We used a cordless circular saw to get as straight a line as we could, then the sawzall to cut the studs. Once the 32x36 hole was cut we added back new studs for framing the sides of the window. In this photo we still need to add a horizantal framing piece above and below the window, which involves trimming the old studs a little. 

At Galloping Horse Marine Construction, even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then. Our goal was to get the new window framing mostly square and level, with the knowledge that the new window can be adjusted a bit during final installation. 

With the first window installed we added a second stud to offset, then cut the next hole. The old piece of wallboard is being saved for possible use as shelving.

All the cuts could be made with hand saws or portable tools, but we rolled out the sliding bevel to make a nice square cut on the new framing pieces.

Second window framed and taped with Pella window tape, that helps create a weatherproof seal around the framing before the window is installed, The bottom horizontal strip of tape is added first, then the sides, then the top, so that there is an overlap that helps moisture flow down and away from the exposed framing. 

The windows have nailing/screw holes on the outer flange, we used exterior grade wood deck screws to secure the windows. 

More Pella window tape was applied to the exterior, trim and silicone caulk will follow.  The window placement nestled nicely just under the roof's drip edge

A small folding card table is always useful, in this case to keep the many tools corralled and handy. 

It is a given that the shop will never be as neat and tidy as this ever again, at least that is our hope. Every shop has stories to tell, and we are excited to start telling those stories. The little waxed canvas tool tote just showed up in the mail from the WoodenBoat Store, it got pressed into service almost immediately. Skipper got a canvas version that she says she might use as a purse, but I'm hoping it becomes a snack bag.

Through serendipity our workbench top sits level with the bottom frame of the window, exactly what we hoped for. This shed has 6 foot walls topped by a barn style roof, our preference would have been 8 foot walls but with pandemic material and labor shortages we were happy to get this shed in a timely fashion.

The Usual Visitors keeping an eye on happenings.

So at the end of Day 1 Window Install we were thinking, wow, look at all the windows! Anyone can see right inside now and see all of Skipper's I found an old Sunfish sail to fill in as a curtain.

I kind of like the look but Skipper wants blinds eventually.

RECAP: Buy a shed. Cut holes in the walls for windows to let light in and see out. Install windows. Cover the windows so folks can't see in.

When I first built the workbench from scraps I varnished the top, thinking that I would keep it nice and clean and pretty. That lasted about a day. Our Shop Rules require that any spilled paint be turned into Sunfish logos. Speaking of scraps, we decided that the workbench should be named either SCRAPS or Dave, because our friend Dave asked what the name of the workbench was.

Shop stool WALDO sighting.

Day 2 of windows, the third window is installed.

We had rain all day, so stud cutting and hole boring was accomplished inside the shop, somewhat of a Carpenter's Christening. My paternal Grandfather was a woodworker in his spare time, and my Father a Ship's Carpenter in the Navy. Capn Jack also was a maritime woodworker in the hobby sense, along with Skipper's maternal grandparents, so when the woodworking tools get pulled out we always feel a connection with family. 

25 Nov 21:

We started finding places for tools and materials in the Carriage House. First spot was for the pencil sharpener.

Found a spot for the John Gardner Boat Shop Stool templates.

Handy spot for battery chargers, so they don't take up shelf or workbench space. 

There's a flow of work in the shop, and this may be how we lay out the tools and materials. 

Folding tables make flexible work benches, outfeed tables and tool holders, but they take up a lot of space. 

04 Dec 21:

The electricians wandered by to finish up the lights and outlets. We have 100A service now, 5 outlets, 4 LED lights, a 30A RV plug and another external outlet. Plenty of power for saws and Christmas lights.

15 Dec 21: 

1x4 Trim added around windows. We used pressure treated pine and plan to let it dry for a month or two before we paint it.

A little library for patterns and templates.

Convenient clamp storage.

10 Jan 22:

Current state of the Carriage House. 

30 Jan 22:

Building the Nutshell Pram EXCUSE ME.

13 Feb 22:

Today's update, it was 80F inside the Carriage House today and we got to open the new windows for the first time. EXCUSE ME rolled out and in for work on the middle planks.

SCUPPERS has the watch.

 12 Mar 22:

Our 1959 Sorg Runabout WILLOW needs a hard cover, and we want to TETRIS a few other boats and Skipper's lawn tractor. This 12x20 barn style shed may fit the bill with its roll up garage door, personnel door...

...LP Smart Shield radiant barrier...

...and lots or room. The wooden Alcort fleet may end up in here as well, and the bikes.

 25 Mar 22:

The second Carriage House arrived, I guess we'll call it Carriage House East until something else springs to mind. 

The trailer used to deliver the shed is impressive, it can articulate fore and aft with hydraulics and left and right with transverse power wheels that are stowed under the axles. It took less than an hour to place the shed exactly where we wanted it and block the shed to level. 

The little Sorg 15 Runabout WILLOW on the left will be the primary occupant. The shed is wood construction with wood floors, so she shouldn't dry out too much inside. The walls and roof also have LP Tech Shield solar barrier so that should help keep the temps inside more even.

Next up we'll build a ganglank to get the boat trailer from the gravel into the shed. And then in a few weeks that gravel will be turned into concrete, making it easier to maneuver trailers around and giving us a better parking area.

 27 Mar 22:

This part of the yard gets runoff from the house, it stays wet, so we are going to build a gangplank from the driveway to the new shed, luckily we have a lot of experience repairing docks.

Started moving lumber into place and placing concrete footer blocks.

27 Mar 22:

 Laid out concrete blocks and pressure treated joists for the shed gangplank. We're adding 18 feet across and 12 feet from the driveway to the shed. The level, smooth surface will make it easy to move our Armada around and to roll project boats out onto the concrete driveway.

29 Mar 22:

Continued work on the HEUER GARAGE gangplank, more pressure treated lumber entering the fray.

30 Mar 22:

FInished laying joist blocks and joists, then planked another 3 feet or so for the new Carriage House's gangplank.

Skipper skippervised.

06 Apr 22:

Painted the Boat Works and Garage to match the house.

07 Apr 22:

Added 2 more LED lights to the HEUER GARAGE aka Sorg shack aka Alcort Alcove. 28,000 lumens ought to do it.

 08 Apr 22:

Flotsam and jetsam are finding their way in the new shop. A tour of our Boat Works:

18 Apr 22:

Applied some floor paint to the Boat Works shed.

Once the center stripe dries we'll shift some things around and get another section.

 22 May 22:

We had to leave a clear space while the driveway was being poured, and today we dropped in the last section of ramp that leads into the HEUER GARAGE. The driveway was poured with a small slope to shed rainwater, and our hopes were that the small section would twist to follow the slope. Our hope was answered! be continued...

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